June 6, 2016 at 3:30 pm EST | by Michael Key
PHOTOS: Pride Heroes
Eric Fanning, gay news, Washington Blade, Pride Heroes

Army Secretary Eric Fanning is awarded the Paving the Way Award at the Pride Heroes awards reception on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The Capital Pride Alliance held its annual Pride Heroes reception at the Carnegie Library on Wednesday, June 1. The 2016 Pride Heroes are Bishop Allyson Abrams, Kathleen Matthews, Rayceen Pendarvis and Peter Rosenstein. The Engendered Spirits awardees are Julius Agers and Jeri Hughes.

Chelsea Bland and Michael Creason were given the The Bill Miles Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service.

Michael Key has worked as a photojournalist for the Washington Blade since 2009 and is currently serving as the photo editor. He has worked on Capitol Hill, in the White House, on the campaign trail and in cities along the East Coast taking iconic photos documenting the extension of marriage benefits to same-sex couples, the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and other events of interest to the LGBT community. Follow Michael

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